Socialist students protest Ben Shapiro visit to Boston University

Socialist students protest Ben Shapiro visit to Boston University

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Socialist students at Boston University are demanding that their school cancel a speech from conservative speaker Ben Shapiro because he doesn’t represent the university’s “values.”

Shapiro is set to speak as a guest of the Boston University Young Americans for Freedom in November. An op-ed published by Young Democratic Socialists of America at Boston University co-chair Anu Sawhney, claims that Shapiro spews “hate speech” and shouldn’t be allowed. “Those who defend Shapiro’s right to free speech forget that he does not have a right to a venue and a crowd at a private institution whose values he does not respect or adhere to," Sawhney wrote.

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According to a Facebook page called 'BU Students Against Hate Speech', the group held a protest condemning BU for allowing Shapiro to speak on campus.

The group also made an online petition, hoping to reach 2,500 signatures. “The fact that Boston University is willing to give a platform to Shapiro is absolutely disgusting and should be condemned by all students and progressive people,” the petition reads.

The Young Democratic Socialist Association chapter at BU tweeted from its official account.

Speech First President Nicole Neiley told Campus Reform that attempts to shield students from Shapiro are “ultimately detrimental to students’ personal development."

“College is not meant to be ‘safe.’ Universities are meant to be a place where students and scholars pursue the truth, wherever that may lead,” Neily said, adding “A college experience used to be one where students learned how to function independently in society after leaving the nest - and one essential skill is how to cope constructively with different (and sometimes unwelcome) viewpoints.”

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